Jan 122017
 

As a father of two daughters (soon to be 9 and 6) who have been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu I know the benefits that they will obtain from not just training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but training against boys in class.

In the beginning, there is an intimidation factor. This is true for anyone trying something new within a group setting with people who have been doing the activity longer than they have; whether it’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Cross-Fit, Gymnastics, Dance, Painting or taking guitar lessons. As they spend more time on the mats, they become more comfortable, the intimidation factor is gone and they can’t imagine not being on the mats.
When it comes to the self-defense aspect, we live in a world filled with bullies and not only will my daughters face on-line and verbal bullies, but I know that the sad reality is that my daughters are more likely to be physically attacked by a male than a female. I want them to be able to remain calm and know that their training will help keep them safe.

Now I could go on and on, but there are plenty of articles on-line that share the benefits girls and women receive from training Brazilian Jiu Jistu .

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Jan 072017
 

Doug Kimball had been down near Belleville, Illinois to visit family during the holidays and he came back with this great article by Mary Cooley in the November 14, 2016 Belleville-News Democrat.

Teen is beginner in jiu-jitsu, but he’s already earned a sponsor

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Jan 022017
 

If you’re looking to improve your life for the next 365 days and beyond, you could make a few vague resolutions that you may or may not stick to… or you could sign up for jiu-jitsu classes and accomplish all of your New Year’s goals every time you show up to train. If you’ve been asking yourself if now is the time to take that first step and that first roll towards a healthier and happier life, here’s why you should absolutely sign up for BJJ classes in the new year:

You’ll look better.

Think you have to get in shape to do jiu-jitsu? Think again. Jiu-jitsu is a great cardio and strength workout; and whether you’re a couch potato or you’re already in decent shape, your physique is going to change for the better. You’ll probably start noticing changes whether or not you improve your diet, but chances are you’ll soon realize that eating healthier helps you feel better while you train. It’s only a matter of time before the pounds start melting off and reveal a healthier (and sexier) version of you.
 

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Nov 202016
 

2016-10-06-18-04-21Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu provides children the first steps they need towards living a safe, productive and healthy life. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu also teaches children about the importance of setting and reaching goals. By starting a child in a specialized martial arts program at a young age, you are guaranteeing the best results during the most critical aspects of their development and life.

The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training at Frequency Martial Arts will also instill a solid sense of discipline that can provide benefits beyond fitness and self-defense.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Teaches Kids How to Overcome Larger & Stronger Opponents

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu focuses on ground techniques rather than striking. Such training teaches participants to leverage their own body size and the opponent’s to gain the upper hand. It also demonstrates grappling techniques to overcome opponent’s without striking them. This style is especially beneficial to children because it teaches them to overcome opponent’s that are both larger and stronger.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu also gives children a jump start in developing discipline at a young age. The instructors at Frequency Martial Arts will teach children how to defend themselves, but they will also teach them when it’s necessary to defend yourself and when an alternative should be considered. By developing mental strength over one’s own body, participants will naturally become more disciplined in other important areas (such as school).

Safety First

The instructors at Frequency Martial Arts understand the unique needs of children training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. They are careful in their methods and implement the safest conditions for children’s fitness training. Padded equipment ensures that children stay safe even if they fall. All sparring sessions are carefully monitored to ensure every child’s safety. Trainers are also careful to provide plenty of encouragement to children during each session.

Encouraging an environment of teamwork is an important aspect of any Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu regimen and it’s one that participants will find at Frequency Martial Arts. The instructors all teach children to get along and encourage each other throughout their training. Doing so teaches children to respect each other and get along well with others.

Because of this, having your child train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Frequency Martial Arts may very well help develop lifelong relationships as participants continue to train together as they get older.

Call Frequency Martial Arts today at 309-660-6780 to find out more about our Kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program or set up your free introductory class when you fill out the contact form below:

May 212016
 

Why kids should learn BJJ – by Carter Fisk

There are a lot of reasons why kids should learn BJJ. People often talk about confidence, discipline, bully prevention etc. I think these are all great things for a kid to have and BJJ can certainly give them these things. However, I think the real value in BJJ is something more than those things.

Reason #1 why kids should learn BJJ:  It teaches you how to fail.

I think one reason almost all of my friends are BJJ people is because we know what it’s like to fail on a regular basis. Even as a black belt I rarely go more than a day without tapping. And I wouldn’t want it any other way. BJJ teaches you that losing in the moment does not define who you are. It doesn’t make you a loser. It makes you not fear failure. You fail over and over until suddenly you make leap forward in understanding.

If there’s anything I wish I had known at a younger age, it would be understanding this. Because as I look at my life in BJJ and in business it has been failing until I succeed. I don’t expect anything to work or go smoothly. I just expect that I will keep showing up. And while it took me until my late 30’s or early 40’s to really understand that, I think that a kid who learns BJJ could realize this lesson much sooner.

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Motivation

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Feb 162016
 

Frequency Martial Arts Ed TampaMotivation.

It comes in various forms and everyone is motivated differently.  Some people need the reminder that “hard work pays off” while others need to hear “good things come to those that wait”.  Now, I’m no psychologist and will never claim to be, but I think that simply goes to show that we are all different.

What motivates me, may not inspire you and that is okay.

So what is your motivation?  Why do you get up every morning and do what you do throughout the week, month after month, year after year?  What are your short and long term goals?  Maybe you are looking to get promotion or save up to relocate.  Maybe you’re simply looking to pay for a family vacation without the use of the dreaded credit card or you want to purchase a new vehicle.  On the other hand, maybe your goals aren’t about money or material items.  Maybe you do what you do so you can simply spend more time with family and friends doing things that you truly enjoy doing.

Your exercise program should have goals that you are working towards.  Don’t simply go to the gym to go.  What are you looking to achieve?  Are you looking to lose some weight (that’s the #1 reason why people start going to the gym)?  How are you tracking your progress?  I would hope you would use more than just that misleading scale in the bathroom, because as you work out and build muscle; that five-pounds of new muscle is taking up less space on your frame than the five-pounds of fat that you lost.

That’s one of the reasons why we see these transformation photos.  It’s hard to see the changes when you look at the mirror every day.  If it were that easy, we would recognize that we were putting on the unwanted weight before we stepped on the scale to see we added twenty-pounds.  Think of the feeling you get when your jeans become a challenge to button.  Now think about the feeling of sliding in to them and realizing you’re going to need a smaller size.

I was there.  Wearing jeans with a 38” and even 40” waist.  It didn’t happen overnight, but the changes happened so slow that it was hard to notice.  I started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu because I was not seeing the results lifting weights and running on a treadmill week after week.  I started making smarter food choices because I was actually seeing results and wanted to achieve my goals.  Once I plateaued, I added DDP YOGA to my workouts to challenge myself.

What motivates me?  It’s my family.  Whether it is going to work or taking care of my health, I’m working towards all of my goals so that we can do more things together as a family.

What motivates YOU?

Dec 172015
 

Frequency Martial Arts With John GraybealWell, it’s that time of the year when we make a mad scramble to make a resolution for 2016.   Unfortunately, according to Forbes Magazine, only EIGHT percent of the people that make a resolution actually succeed.  That means 92% FAIL!!

So let’s make a plan for 2016 to ditch the resolution and come up with a list of TEN goals we would like to accomplish.  They don’t need to be astronomical to the point of climbing Mount Everest or travel the world. Start small, but make sure they are goals that we have to make an effort to accomplish.   It’s easier to make small changes to work towards a goal and soon it becomes a way of life: whether it’s small changes to our diet, skipping the chips and going with fruit or cutting back on the nights out to the bar to help eliminate our debt.

A great way to start working towards our goals is to start training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and here are a few reasons why:
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Dec 072015
 

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We talk about the “journey” in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  We talk about it A LOT.

Everyone’s journey will start differently.  Maybe they were looking to get into shape or they were looking to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu after doing their research on the different disciplines within the martial arts.  Maybe their parents wanted them to stay out of trouble, while learning important values such as discipline, humility, honesty and appreciate friends that they make along the way.

This past weekend I had the opportunity to see something that does not happen very often: I was able to witness a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt be awarded his 5th stripe.  We always tell our teammates that the stripes will come when you are ready and the belt will change color when you are ready.  Getting a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is not like getting a Black Belt in any other form of martial art.

In order to get a FIFTH stripe on your Black Belt, you must have been a Black Belt for 19 years.

Let me say this, just like I’ve been told by every higher ranked student I have trained with: that stripe you earn, whether it’s the first one on your White Belt or the fifth one on your Black Belt; a lot of hard work went into that stripe and you should be proud.

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Nov 262015
 

Frequency Martial Arts Nov 3 2015 Kids
1. They will be healthier.
2. They will be build confidence.
3. They will learn humility.
4. They will develop discipline.
5. They will learn how to defend themselves.
6. They will make friends will developing their socialization skills.
7. They will have FUN!

 

Nov 112015
 

Frequency Martial Arts is a place where people of all ages, sizes, and various fitness levels come together to help one-another become better than they were the day before.

Check out the video and hear from some of your future teammates as they share the reasons why the are a part of the Frequency Martial Arts Family and be sure to reserve your spot for our FREE Intro To Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Workshop on Saturday December 12 from 1 to 3p!